Around Town – June 6, 2018

Hello Ball Ground:

Weekend Events

The Ball Ground Garden Club will host their first annual Ball Ground Garden Tour and Daylily Sale, this Saturday, June 9th, from 10:0 AM until 3:00 PM. The tours begin at Ball Ground City Hall in the Botanical Garden at 215 Valley Street. There you will be able to purchase tickets to tour four additional local private gardens. Tickets are $15. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are available from any Garden Club Member or on the grounds of City Hall the day of the tour.

Saturday evening we have our monthly movie in the park……………providing no rain. We will be showing “Zootopia” at dark on the big screen.

Wednesday, June 13th at 11:00 AM Mayor Roberts and City Council Members will host the grand opening of the Ball Ground Senior Center located at 388 Groover Street. If you can, please come to check out this great new addition to our community.

The monthly meeting of Mayor and Council will be held Thursday, June 14th at 7:00 PM here at City Hall.

We have been told verbally, but waiting on written confirmation, that we should be able to go out to bid on the Valley Streetscapes project in August, with a bid opening in September, work beginning in October. We are very hopeful that we will clear the remaining hurdles in this Federal program, and get the project started.

It is that time of year again. We have been notified that two companies have applied for Federal Tax Credits to build workforce housing units (apartments) in Ball Ground. Both of these companies have applied previously, dating back to 2009 – but have not been awarded projects. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs will make the announcements as to tax credit recipients in late November (or at least historically they have done so at this time). As you may recall the State of Georgia changed the application process several years ago, and applicants are no longer required to hold public hearings on their projects. The local governments were removed from the application process about four years ago but still remain in control of architecture and design unique to their communities in the event tax credits are awarded within their jurisdiction.

Have a great week

2018 Mayor’s Recycling Challenge

The Mayors’ Challenge 2017- Ball Ground (2)

MAYORS’ RECYCLING CHALLENGE

Canton, GA (May 30, 2018) – The 7th Annual Mayors’ Recycling Challenge will kick-off in Cherokee County this Friday, June 1st. This Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Going Green Committee initiative is aimed at sparking continued awareness surrounding community recycling while spurring a little friendly competition among the cities involved. During the months of June and July, Cherokee County cities will be competing to see which can collect the most recycling. Awards will be given for most pounds of recycling collected overall, most improved city, and most pounds collected per capita.
Santek Waste Services of Georgia and Waste Management are partnering with the Chamber on this initiative by tracking curbside and large recycling container weigh slips within the participating cities of Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Waleska, & Woodstock.
The Chamber’s Going Green initiative mission is to encourage the community to implement green practices that conserve community resources while helping businesses thrive. For more information on the Chamber’s green initiatives, or to download a recycling guide, please visit CherokeeChamber.com or call 770-345-0400.
The mission of the Cherokee County Chamber, a Georgia Certified Chamber of Commerce, is to promote business and the community while expanding the economy and enhancing the quality of life.

Around Town – May 7, 2018

Hello Ball Ground:

This Thursday (May 10th) will be the monthly meeting of Mayor and Council at 7:00 pm here at City Hall. Items on the agenda include the 2nd reading of the proposed budget, Consider a request for special use permit for a used car sales lot, Consideration of a resolution authorizing the Mayor and Staff to enter into the agreement with GDOT for the Valley Streetscapes Project, and to consider authorizing staff to execute closing documents on a piece of property sold at public auction.

Saturday, May 12th the Ball Ground Lions Club will host their annual 5K Road Race. If you would like to participate you can register online at www.ItsYourRace.com or you can just show up and register at 7:00 am near the stage at City Park. The race begins at 8:00 am. The proceeds raised from this event go towards renovations and improvements to the Ball Ground City Gym, which also serves as an area Red Cross Disaster Relief Center. If you can’t participate just beware of runners in the vicinity of the City Park on Old Dawsonville Road, along Groover Street and Old Canton Road north of the Library.

Saturday, May 19th we will Rock the Park with “Fly Betty”, our first concert of the season.  ‘Fly Betty’ plays ALL dance and party music from the 70s to current radio hits.  

Have a great week!!

Around Town News

Hello Ball Ground:

The Georgia Department of Transportation has provided us with agreements and contracts that will allow us to move forward with the Valley Streetscapes Project. Legal Counsel is now reviewing all the documents. Once the agreements are in place we should be able to go out to bid for construction. Hopefully, we can actually have a contractor working by August 1, 2018. This project will install sidewalks, curb and gutter from the entrance of the Ball Ground STEM Academy on Valley Street, south to Howell Bridge Road. A pedestrian shade structure will also be built at the intersection of Beck Street and Valley Street. Street trees and landscaping will also be installed. Finally, street lighting will be installed between Beck Street and Coy M. Holcomb Street, matching the lights south of Coy M. Holcomb.

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, a notice to proceed was issued to Patriot Rail to make improvements to the Groover Street Rail Crossing. The improvements will consist of concrete crossing panels, widening the crossing, as well as the automated gates and lights to improve safety at this location. This project will run about $280,000. We were fortunate enough to obtain just over $200,000 in grant dollars from the State Fuel Tax fund to assist with this project. We selected Groover Street because the crossing scored higher given the limited visibility, narrowness, and the fact that several complaints on this crossing had been investigated by the National Railroad Safety Board. As soon as complete we hope to convince the railroad to participate in a joint effort on the Depot Street crossing, which is very rough but did not score as high because of width and sight distance. Groover street is scheduled to be resurfaced in May of 2019.

Our major road improvement calendar calls for the resurfacing of Howell Bridge Extension in July of 2018, Groover Street in May of 2019, and Byrd Hill, Nix St and Kilby St in May of 2020. If we have grant writing success we will move these projects forward in the calendar.

Work has started on the outdoor basketball courts. Cracks are repaired and the surface seal coated. The first coat of surface paint has been installed but then we stalled out for rain. Hope to have the courts open by May 2nd or 3rd.

We will be announcing a date soon for the ribbon cutting of our new Senior Center. We are also happy to say that Cherokee County has hired Ball Ground resident Julie Arthur to manage the center. We are anxious for this facility to open and make services available to our seniors as well as seniors from the surrounding area.

Ball Ground Rocks!  Have a great week!

LCI Meeting April 26, 2018

City of Ball Ground
Downtown District Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Study
Public Meeting – Thursday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m. City Hall

All residents and business owners in Ball Ground are invited to attend the 3rd LCI meeting on Thursday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m. at the City Hall. The City of Ball Ground kicked-off the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study of the Downtown District in August 2017. The LCI study will continue through Spring of 2018. The LCI study will provide updated guidance to the city for growth and improvements in the area. The LCI study has been funded through a grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) LCI program.

We hope you can attend on Thursday, April 26th, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. This is the third Public Meeting for the LCI study of three scheduled. At the meeting area residents will be helping guide new development and transportation improvements which will be considered by the City of Ball Ground and Cherokee County in the future.

At the meeting residents will be able to provide specific suggestions on improvements or changes that can help Ball Ground become a better community. The LCI study follows the boundaries of the existing Valley Overlay District and impacts on adjoining properties.

For more information contact Dan Reuter at 404-229-3734 or contact@danreuter.org or Michael Chapman at 678-493-6112 or mchapman@cherokeega.com

March Agenda – DDA/Main Street Board Meeting

Meeting Notice

City of Ball Ground, Georgia
Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Board

Thursday, February 15, 2017
5:00 PM

Meeting Location:
215 Valley Street, Ball Ground, GA 30107
– AGENDA –

Item 1: Meeting Called to Order

Item 2: Approval of Minutes from January 18, 2018

Item 3: Announcements/Informational Items/Project Updates
a) Opening and Closing of Downtown Businesses
b) Update on park improvements

Item 4: Old Business

Item 5: New Business
a) Review and discuss the City Alcohol Ordinance

Item 6: Main Street Manager Comments
a) Finance Report – Balance ending January 31, 2018 is $14,472.30.

Item 7: Public Comments

Item 8: Executive Session If Needed

Item 9: Adjourn

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